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UPCOMING CONCERTS 2016
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Music Festivals, Music Events in Michigan 2016
January 3, 2016 (sun) Detroit Underground Hip Hop Awards at Saint Andrews Hall. www.saintandrewsdetroit.com
January 8-9, 2016 (fri-sat) Anti-Freeze Blues Festival at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI. annual event, part of proceeds benefits the Detroit Blues Society. www.themagicbag.com
January 8-9, 2016 (fri-sat) Secret Friends Fest 3 music festival at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI. annual event, about 18 bands. facebook.com/secretfriendsfest
January 9, 2016 (sat) Ben Marshall Band
January 16, 2016 (sat) Michigan Metal Manifesto II CD Release Party at The Detroit Pub in Clinton Township, MI. facebook
January 21-23, 2016 (thu-sat) Annual Michigan Music Conference (MMC) in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). Conference provides an annual in-service opportunity for the professional development of Michigan music educators and to serve as a coordinating body for collaborative, inter-association initiatives in support of school music in Michigan. www.michiganmusicconference.org
January 23, 2016 (sat) Downtown Brown - Detroit Farewell Show at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI. indie rock band Downtown Brown (DTB) is moving to Los Angeles. www.dtbmusic.com facebook thelovingtouchferndale.com
January 29-30, 2016 (fri-sat) Ann Arbor Folk Festival – at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI. The Ark's largest annual fundraising event features traditional and contemporary artists, popular and new talent. theark.org
January 29 – Feb 6, 2016 Ferndale Blues & Music Festival in Ferndale, MI (just north of Detroit). annual festival averages about 60 concerts over nine days at over 20 venues throughout downtown Ferndale. proceeds go to local charities. www.ferndalebluesfestival.org
January 30, 2016 (sat) The 89X Homie Awards (rock) – at The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, MI.
February 3-7, 2016 (tue-sun) Sphinx Competition and Finals Concert in Detroit. annual event “offers young Black and Latino classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges and to perform with established professional musicians in a competition setting.” www.sphinxmusic.org
February 5-6, 2016 (fri-sat) Cooper's Glen Music Festival in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan) at The Radisson Hotel. www.greatlakesacoustic.org – annual event presented by GLAMA (Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association) features grassroots and acoustic performers, plus workshops and family activities.
February 15, 2016 (mon) Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter in Traverse City, MI. annual event features lots of musicians, breweries and craft brew flavors, food vendors. microbrewandmusic.com
February 20, 2016 (sat) The Dick Wagner
March 3-6, 2016 (thu-sun) Hamtramck Music Festival in Hamtramck, MI (inside Detroit). approx 140 music acts perform at 15 venues, most within walking distance of each other. Annual event goes back to the original vibe and feel of the Metro Times Blowout. It's a bar hoppin', venue hoppin', local live music good time! hamtramckmusicfestival.com facebook
March 4-5, 2016 (fri-sat) 2016 Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival in Kalamazoo, MI. “Free event invites visitors to meet instrument designers, learn about their trade, attend workshops for a variety of stringed instruments, and hear live performances from area musicians.” www.fretboardfestival.com facebook
March 5, 2016 (sat) William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition - Strings in Flint, MI. “Young artists from throughout the world compete for a grand prize of $6,000 plus an opportunity to perform with the Flint Symphony Orchestra. each year features a different category.” www.byrdartists.com
March 11-12, 2016 (fri-sat) WO-Stock Music Festival – in Holland, MI. Annual event to raise money to ship computers, medical supplies, clothing, etc. to Cameroon, Africa. wostock.com facebook facebook 2
March 19, 2016 (sat) 10th Annual Motor City Blues Festival at Fox Theatre, Detroit. www.olympiaentertainment.com/...blues-festival
April 16, 2016 (sat) Jake's Music Festival annual benefit concert in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan), held at the Wealthy Theatre. Annual benefit concert for the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Show is Free, Donations to JDRF will be accepted, plus there is a silent auction. www.jakesmusicfestival.com
April 16, 2016 (sat) Record Store Day 2016 – annual celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned real, live, physical, indie record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. 3rd Saturday every April. www.recordstoreday.com Michigan Record Stores
TBA 2016 (fri-sat) Microbrew & Music Festival - Lansing, MI. annual, lots of musicians, many breweries, craft brew flavors, food vendors. microbrewandmusic.com
TBA 2016 Review Music Awards Ceremony & Celebration in Bay City (East/Mid Michigan). annual, honors Great Lakes Bay musicians in over 70 categories of music and genres, as selected and voted upon by registered voters of Review Magazine. www.newreviewsite.com facebook
April 28-30, 2016 (thu-sat) North American International Banjo Convention NAIBC – at the Doubletree Hotel in Dearborn, MI. www.naibc.org
TBA 2016 (sat) Foxfest at the The Tangent Gallery in Detroit. Music and Art Festival that features rock and acoustic women musicians and benefits local women's shelters. It is open to both women and men to attend and perform. facebook
April 29, 2016 (fri) Detroit Music Awards in Detroit at The Fillmore Detroit. public event, VIP RSVP's available. It's a big time annual Awards Ceremony & Show put on by the Detroit Music Awards Foundation (DMAF). This night is all about meeting, congratulating, and celebrating our incredibly talented local musicians in grand style! Features award presentations and live performances. www.detroitmusicawards.net facebook
April 29 – May 14, 2016 Gilmore Keyboard Festival in west Michigan. held every other year. “two weeks of astonishing keyboard performances across West Michigan, a festival that celebrates the joy and power of music in concerts, recitals, chamber music performances, lectures, master classes, and film.” www.gilmorekeyboardfestival.org
May 27-29, 2016 (fri-sun) Traditional Arts Weekend in Remus, MI, on the Wheatland Music Festival grounds. Annual, over 80 workshops in traditional forms of dance, music, crafts, vocal and instrument instruction, plus evening performances and dances. www.wheatlandmusic.org/traditional-arts-weekend
May 28-30, 2016 (sat-mon) Movement - Electronic Music Festival in Detroit at Hart Plaza. annual event, international and local electronic and EDM (electronic dance music) on multiple stages. movement.us facebook
June 2-5, 2016 (thu-sun) Michigan Classic – annual swing dance competitions and social dancing in Dearborn, MI. www.michiganclassic.com
TBA 2016 (thu-sat) Jackson Blues Festival in Jackson, MI. annual. facebook
TBA 2016 (thu-sat) Fuzz Fest – at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. “3 nights, two stages 11 bands each night. A celebration of Michigan Rock 'N' Roll music in all it's various forms.” facebook
June 9-12, 2016 (thu-sun) Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival in Frankenmuth, MI (Mid Michigan). Bavarian style music, food and beer. Also enjoy a Bavarian Parade, midway with rides and games, more.” bavarianfestival.org
June 10-12, 2016 (fri-sun) Noreast'r Music & Art Festival in Mio, MI (southeast of Gaylord). annual, has eclectic music and art, food, dancing, camping, jamming, drumming, parkin’ lot pickin'. 3 stages, continuous music morning to night. “National, regional, and Michigan acts, blues to bluegrass, country to new age, jam bands, old-time, Celtic, folk, and a little rock” noreastr.net facebook
June 17-19, 2016 (fri-sun) Motor City Irish Fest (MCIF) in Livonia, MI, at Greenmead corner of Newburgh & 8 Mile. Bands, Irish Dance groups, Pipe and drum bands, Irish food and more. motorcityirishfest.com facebook
June 18, 2016 (sat) Alpena Blues Festival in Alpena, MI (northeast lower peninsula). annual, held at the Alpena County Fairgrounds. “Keeping the Blues Alive and Helping Stamp Out Hunger with The Blues” www.alpenablues.org facebook
June 18, 2016 (sat) Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival in Brethren, MI (northwest lower peninsula). 38th Annual in 2015. www.spiritofthewoods.org/festival.html
TBA 2016 (fri-sun) Music at Belleville National Strawberry Festival in Belleville, MI (west of Detroit). annual, 3 stages of live entertainment, local bands and artists, plus
June 23-26, 2016 (thu-sun) Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch (western Michigan). Outdoor music festival, about 90 local and national music acts, many music genres. camping available. www.electricforestfestival.com facebook
June 24-25, 2016 (fri-sat) JuneGrass Bluegrass Music Festival in Lowell, MI (West Michigan). Band Scramble, Workshops, 50/50 Drawings, guitar raffle, plenty of jamming, camping available. www.wmbma.org
TBA 2016 (thu-sun) St. Stan's A.C. Polish Festival in Bay City, MI (East/Mid Michigan). Enjoy Polish Music (live bands) at
June 30 - July 3, 2016 (thu-sun) Stars and Stripes Festival in Sterling Heights, MI, at Freedom Hill. Free admission, music performances by national and local bands on multiple stages. Plus there's art, fireworks and more. starsandstripesfest.com facebook
July 2-9, 2016 (sat-sat) Music at National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI (northwest lower peninsula), features performances by nationally known headliners. www.cherryfestival.org
July 5-10, 2016 (tue-sun) Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI. annual event features national musical performers on two main stages each night. Headline shows will spotlight numerous contemporary musical formats including Country, Classic Rock, New Rock and R&B. A variety of local, regional and other national performers on other stages provide non-stop music throughout the Festival. www.commongroundfest.com
July 7-10, 2016 (thu-sun) Uncle Sam Jam in Woodhaven, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit), at Civic Center Park. Annual, features Free concerts all weekend, plus Carnival rides and games, Firework Display, much more. www.unclesamjamfest.com facebook
July 7-9, 2016 (thu-sat) Kalamazoo Blues Festival (KBF) in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan). annual, held at the Arcadia Festival Site. approx 20+ acts, national and regional talent. kvba.org/festival facebook
July 8-9, 2016 (fri-sat) Michigan Elvisfest in Ypsilanti. annual, one of the largest Elvisfest Concerts in North America. This not a contest but a true concert with spectacular performances by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America. www.mielvisfest.org facebook
July 8-10, 2016 (fri-sun) American Polish Festival & Craft Show at the American-Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). Festival draws thousands of people from Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. Live Polka Music, dancing and dancers, outdoor craft show, Polish/American Cuisine, Srodek’s Pierogi Eating Challenge, more. www.americanpolishfestival.com
July 8-10, 2016 (fri-sun) Blissfest in Harbor Springs, MI (northwest tip of lower peninsula). Annual celebration of music, culture, art and community featuring diverse and innovative folk and roots music, world music, and dance. All ages event also has a juried arts and crafts show. www.blissfest.org
TBA 2016 Concert of Colors annual Diversity Festival in Detroit. A free celebration of the many ethnicities and cultures represented by the people of southeast Michigan and the indigenous music of Detroit. www.concertofcolors.com arabamericanmuseum.org
TBA 2016 (wed-sat) Music at River Raisin Festival in Blissfield, MI. annual. www.blissfield.net
TBA 2016 (sat) Backpack Music Festival on Belle Isle, Detroit. annual fundraiser for Detroit area children in need of school supplies. www.backpackmusicfestival.net
July 14-16, 2016 (thu-sat) Beaver Island Music Festival (BIMF) on Beaver Island, near Charlevoix. annual, promotes variety and tradition of all music and art. camping available. www.beaverislandmusicfestival.com
July 15-17, 2016 (fri-sun) Faster Horses Festival annual country music festival and camping at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. national and local music acts. fasterhorsesfestival.com facebook
TBA 2016 Music Fest 4 Vets annual summer music festival in Metro Detroit, Michigan, proceeds go to U.S. Veterans in need. Variety live entertainment. Last year, 21 bands plus specialty music acts, 100 Michigan Musicians performed in support of Veterans! MusicFest4Vets.org facebook
TBA 2016 (sun) Michigan Jazz Festival in Livonia at Schoolcraft College (west of Detroit). annual event the 3rd Sunday in July features lots of great straight ahead jazz, no smooth or crossover stuff. www.michiganjazzfestival.org facebook
TBA 2016 (fri-sat) Crash Detroit - Festival of Street Bands and Art at various locations in Detroit. crashdetroit.org
July 17-23, 2016 (sun-sat) Marshall Bluegrass Festival in Marshall, MI, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. annual,
July 22-24, 2016 (fri-sun) Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette, MI (U.P.). annual, “features traditional-music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk, including singer/songwriter, and dance.” Nationally known, regional and local performers. hiawathamusic.org
July 23-24, 2016 (sat-sun) AquaPalooza on Lake St. Clair, MI. “the largest on-the-water concert held on Lake St. Clair. Held off the shores of Belle Maer Harbor, event is accessible by water only.” www.colonymarineaquapalooza.com www.colonymarine.net
TBA 2016 (fri-sat) Heatstock Blues Festival in Fostoria, MI. about 14 blues artists, bands. www.nocover.net
TBA 2016 (fri-sun) Traverse City Music Festival in Traverse City, MI. facebook
TBA 2016 (sat-sun) Mo Pop Festival at West Riverfront Park in Detroit. outdoor event, approx 25 bands, a Biergarten with beer and drinks, food trucks, craft bazaar, and interesting technology (Mo Tech). mopopfestivaldetroit.com facebook
TBA Crispy Music Fest in Saginaw, MI. facebook
TBA The Hustle Load Music Festival in Flint, MI. facebook
TBA 2016 Detroit Black Music Awards (DBMA) in Detroit. motownalumniassociation.webstarts.com/dbma_polls.html facebook
July 28-30, 2016 (thu-sat) Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair in Sterling Heights, MI (just north of Detroit). annual, has “Arts & Crafts Fair, a variety of music including jazz, blues, folk and Top 40 entertainment, Kidzfest children’s activities and entertainment stage, a family midway, local restaurateurs, a main concert stage, evening concerts.” www.sterling-heights.net facebook
July 29-31, 2016 (fri-sun) Music at St. Clair Riverfest in St. Clair, MI (northeast of Detroit). annual, Free Admission, combines Offshore Boat Racing with National Recording artists and draws over 100,000 visitors annually. stclairriverfest.com
August 5-6, 2016 (fri-sat) Port Sanilac Blues Festival in Port Sanilac, MI. www.portsanilac.net/festivals-and-events/port-sanilac-blues-festival facebook
August 5-7, 2016 (fri-sat) Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival in Brighton, MI. www.brightoncoc.org/festivals-farmers-market
TBA August, 2016 (thu-sun) Farmfest in Johannesburg (northern lower peninsula). Annual traditional music festival featuring “folk-spirited acts, from traditional folk and bluegrass to modern reggae and folk-flavored rock'n'roll. It's a musician's playground, bring your instruments if you like to jam.” Plus Open Mic, Kids-Kids-Kids Stuff!, Workshops, more. www.farm-fest.com
TBA 2016 (thu-sun) River Raisin Jazz Festival in Monroe, MI (lower Southeast MI) at St. Mary's Park. annual, “one of the Great Lakes Region's largest & best FREE Jazz festivals, more than 50,00 visitors in attendance each year.” www.riverraisinjazzfestival.org facebook
TBA 2016 (fri-sat) CowPie Music Festival in Caledonia, MI, southeast of Grand Rapids. annual, lots of bands and musicians, multiple music genres, plus campsites, vendors, 5K Run, more. www.cowpiemusicfestival.com facebook
TBA 2016 (sat) Memphis Blues Festival Michigan in Memphis, MI (northeast of Detroit, a little southwest of Port Huron). Annual, Free Admission, approximately 12 blues performers. facebook
August 11-13 & August 18-20, 2016 (thu-sat) Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI). annual, two weekends, 6 days of music events featuring about 14 of the nations top polka bands. www.frankenmuth.org/festivals facebook
August 12-14, 2016 (fri-sun) Great Lakes Folk Festival (GLFF) in East Lansing, MI. annual, “a mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, and many special activities for kids and their companions.” www.greatlakesfolkfest.net
August 12-14, 2016 (fri-sun) Music at Milford Memories Summer Festival in Milford, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual, live music entertainment, variety of events and activities, over 200,000 attendees. www.milfordmemories.com
August 12-14, 2016 (fri-sun) Grand Marais Music and Arts Festival in the U.P. (upper peninsula). three days of music, food, crafts, and fun in Grand Marais. Annual event with Bluegrass, Blues, Classic Rock, Americana, Rockabilly, Jazz/Rock, Acoustic, more. on-site camping available. grandmaraismichigan.com facebook
TBA 2016 Cheeseburger in Caseville (Caseville is in Michigan's thumb). annual 10 days festival celebrates the lifestyle and music made popular by Jimmy Buffett. Carnival, Parade of Tropical Fools, Caribbean Street Dance, Live Entertainment, Vintage Motorcycle Show, Classic Car Show, Craft Show, Beautiful Baby Contest, Lots of Cheeseburgers, more. www.cheeseburgerincasevillefest.com www.casevillechamber.net/ facebook
August 18-20, 2016 (thu-sat) Square Dance Convention at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit-Dearborn in Detroit. annual. www.squaredance-michigan.com/convention
August 19-21, 2016 (fri-sun) Hoxeyville Music Festival in Wellston, MI. annual, set on 85+ acres of pristine farmland and surrounded by natural hardwoods within the Manistee National Forest. Bluegrass and roots music, two stages featuring national touring artists and Michigan talent. www.hoxeyville.com facebook
TBA 2016 (fri-sat) Microbrew & Music Festival - Summer in Traverse City, MI. annual, lots of musicians, many breweries, craft brew flavors, food vendors. microbrewandmusic.com
TBA 2016 (fri-sun) Music at Ypsilanti Heritage Festival at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, MI (west of Detroit). Free Admission, 4 stages, approx 24 bands. Also has Beer Garden, Casino Gambling, Children's Village, arts and crafts, food, more. www.ypsilantiheritagefestival.com facebook
TBA 2016 (sat) Great Lakes Gathering - Irish Festival at First Merit Bank Event Park in Saginaw, MI. Irish music and cultural festival that showcases internationally known to local performers. www.greatlakesgathering.com
TBA 2016 Roots Music on Harsens Island in east Michigan. Bands, barbecue, fish fry, art, crafts and organic goods. Traveling to Harsens Island also requires a paid ferry ride. facebook
August 25-28, 2016 (thu-sun) Midland Folk Music Festival in Midland, MI (Mid Michigan) at the Midland County Fairgrounds. A gathering of traditional folk musicians from all levels of play, folk enthusiasts, traditional dancers. “Join in the fun as we play, laugh, learn, listen, camp, perform, dance, sing, teach, learn, buy, trade and sell! Lots of jamming and open stage opportunities.” www.folkmusicsociety.org/p/folk-festival.html
August 26-28, 2016 (fri-sun) Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in the U.P. (upper peninsula) in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Annual festival features “folk, blues, bluegrass and contemporary music from top-class nationally touring artists as well as up and coming Michigan artists. Over 30 artists, outdoor stages.” www.porkiesfestival.org facebook
August 26-28, 2016 (fri-sun) Sun Dried Music Festival in Mason, MI (near Lansing). annual, free Admission, showcases a variety of musical performances ranging from rock, jazz, blues, latin jazz, salsa, and country. www.masondda.com/sundried facebook
August 27-28, 2016 (sat-sun) Music at Hazel Park Art Fair in Hazel Park, MI. annual, Free Admission, approx 18 music artists, plus visual art/artisans. www.hazelparkartfair.com
TBA 2016 (thu-sat) Kalamazoo Island Festival at Growlers Baseball Field, Mayor Riverfront Park in Kalamazoo (West MI). annual, Reggae music includes “international, national, regional, and local talent and is the largest celebration of the Caribbean culture in Michigan.” www.islandfestkalamazoo.com + facebook
September 2-5, 2016 (fri-mon) Arts, Beats & Eats (Ford Arts, Beats & Eats) in Royal Oak, MI (just north of Detroit). annual summer festival celebrating art, music, cuisine and humanity. More than 200 performances on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants, plus international, regional and local attractions.” www.artsbeatseats.com facebook
September 3, 2016 (sat) Thumbfest in Lexington, MI (in Michigan's Thumb). annual, ree Admission, features a wide range of acoustic music with music stages throughout downtown Lexington. There are workshops, jam sites, dance hall, song circles, children's stage area, crafts and a Hootenanny. Bring your instrument, lawn chairs and singing voice. www.bluewaterfolksociety.org facebook
TBA 2016 (fri-sun) Marquette Area Blues Fest in Marquette, MI (U.P., upper peninsula). – Annual Blues Festival includes main performances, music workshops, dance workshops, festival after party. marquetteareabluessociety.org/
TBA 2016 (sat-mon) Music at Hamtramck Labor Day Festival in Hamtramck, MI. annual, live music on three stages. Event also has Carnival, beer, food tents, and Polish Day Parade. hamtownfest.com facebook
September 9-10, 2016 (fri-sat) Brighton's Smokin' Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival in Brighton, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual, Free Admission. “Each year, thousands of people experience the tastiest of barbecue, the smoothest of jazz and the bluest of blues, washing it all down with ice cold beverages from the beer and wine garden!” www.brightonsmokinjazz.com facebook
TBA 2016 (fri) Rockin' For A Match at Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield, MI (northeast of Detroit). $5 donation at door. Bone marrow drive and awareness, and helps to get bone marrow registration kits. www.rockinforamatch.org facebook
September 11-13, 2015 (fri-sun) Wheatland Music Festival in Remus, MI (Mid Michigan). annual, 160-acre festival site, juried arts and crafts show, raffle, children's activities, teen and young adult activities, instrument and dance workshops, music, food. Impromptu jam sessions can be found throughout the campgrounds all weekend long. www.wheatlandmusic.org
September 12-13, 2015 (sat-sun) Chill On The Hill - Rock Fest at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI. about 21 music acts, national and local. freedomhill.net
September 15-18, 2016 (fri-sun) Michigan Irish Music Festival in Muskegon (West Michigan). annual, live music, 3 stages, an Irish Pub, Market vendors, cultural activities, more. www.michiganirish.org facebook
September 18-19, 2015 (fri-sat) Old Town BluesFest in Lansing. Annual Free blues festival with national, regional, and local acts. facebook
September 18-19, 2015 (fri-sat) FallFest Camp & Jam (Bluegrass) in Lowell, MI (west Michigan) at the Kent County Fairgrounds. annual, Free Admission, band scramble, workshops, more. camping available. www.wmbma.org
September 19, 2015 (sat) Detroit Rockin' Hot Fest Concert for Veterans at Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens, MI. www.detroitrockinhotfest.com – proceeds go to local veteran non-profits. Approx 7 bands/music artists, food cook-off, pin-up girl contest, veteran resources, employers hiring veterans.
September 25-26, 2015 (fri-sat) Music at Oktoberfest West Michigan in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). www.oktoberfestwestmichigan.com – “Annual celebration of German heritage & traditions held at John Ball Park. Features German music, beers, food, more.
October 3, 2015 (sat) 30th Michigan State Championship Old-Time Fiddlers Contest in New Boston, MI (southwest of Detroit). annual, contestants must play a waltz, a schottische, a jig and a reel in a manner suitable to Michigan old-time dancing. Contest is part of the Huron Township Applefest. huronapplefest.com/fiddlers-contest
October 13-16, 2016 (thu-sun) Mackinac Island Songwriterʼs Workshop on Mackinac Island, MI. MISW is an excursion into sharpening and adding to your skills not only as a songwriter, but also the marketing/promotion of your songs (including social media), recording, and basic musical arranging knowledge you’ll need to truly bring a song to fruition and to effectively find a home and/or audience for it. www.mackinacislandsongwritersworkshop.org
October 16-17, 2015 (fri-sat) Big Country Fest in Frankenmuth, MI. annual, indoors. Bands, Beer, Mixed Drinks, Mechanical Bull, BBQ, Line Dancing, more. www.bigcountryfest.com
October 21-24, 2015 (wed-sat) Edgefest 19th Annual in Ann Arbor, MI. annual Jazz and Creative Music festival takes place at several venues. Edgefest reaches out beyond the concert hall with Fringe at the Edge performances, public discussions, workshops and school residencies. www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/...edgefest
October 24, 2015 (sat) Annual WHFR Record Show at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI. WHFR 89.3 FM record show features wide variety of vendors selling vinyl, cds, tapes, videos, movies, music memorabilia, more. Plus there will be door prizes, give-aways and more. www.whfr.fm/recordshow
October 25, 2015 (sun) Detroit Blues Final Challenge at Callahan's Music Hall in Aurburn Hills, MI. Annual Detroit Blues Society competition, winners representing the Detroit Area go to the IBC (International Blues Challenge) in Memphis, TN. www.detroitbluessociety.org IBC info
November 1, 2015 (sun) Fall Metal Fest at Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield, MI (northeast of Detroit). Annual, approx 20 bands, ages 18+. www.dieselconcertlounge.net
November 5-8 & 12-15, 2015 Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters in Harbor Springs (northwest tip of lower peninsula). Annual event.
November 21, 2015 (sat) Echo Fest VI at the Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI. Experimental and psychedelic music, visuals, local and regional bands, two stages. info on facebook
December 5, 2015 (sat) Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit. midtowndetroitinc.org/events/noel-night/noel-night
December 6, 2015 (sun) Rock 4 Tots - No Child Without A Christmas at Rayz in Clinton Township, MI. 8th Annual in 2015. www.rock4tots.org + facebook – About 24 bands/musicians, proceeds benefit The Clinton Township Goodfellows
December 13, 2015 (sun) The Boa Constrictors Annual Blues for Tots Fundraiser at Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills, MI. Benefits Toys for Tots, admission is $10 or one onwrapped toy. Performances by The Boa Constrictors and seven other Detroit Blues Acts. theboaconstrictors.com
December 18, 2016 (fri) Static's Home for the Holidaze 13: Songwriter Showcase & Charity Drive at Cadieux Cafe in Detroit. annual event, acoustic music. 21 & over, Admission $5 with one can of people or pet food or winter clothing item, or $6 without. www.cadieuxcafe.com
December 19, 2015 (sat) Festivus Benefit Concert at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Based on a Seinfeld episode, event benefits the South Oakland Shelter. Live music, drinks, food, fun and games. www.festivustix.com
December 25, 2015 (friday) Christmas – Merry Christmas to good people, everywhere!
CONCERT SERIES AND MUSIC SERIES throughout Michigan
Rockin' on the Riverfront Summer Concerts – Detroit, MI – Annual, Free Admission classic rock concerts at the GM Riverfront Plaza (back of GM Renaissance Center) in Downtown Detroit, a collaboration with WCSX.
Sonic Lunch - Ann Arbor, MI – annual. Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch is a Free outdoor summer concert series at Liberty Plaza on Thursdays at lunch time from June to August.
New Center Park Concerts and Music Nights – Detroit, MI – annual. June to September. Some events are free, some charge admission.
Chene Park Jazz Series – Detroit, MI – June 11 to August 13, 2014. Rain or shine, all patrons require a ticket.
Friday Night Concert Series – Northville, MI – All Concerts are Free. annual, end of May to end of August.
White Crow Conservatory of Music Concert Series - Saginaw, MI – It also has workshops, festivals and special events throughout the year.
Manitou Music Festival (MMF) Concert Series - Leelanau County – Annual in July and August, in the Northwest Lower Peninsula. various types of music.
Ten Pound Fiddle Concert and Dance Series – Lansing, MI – contra and square dances, all are taught, callers call out the moves to a live band.
Bach Festival of Kalamazoo Concert Series – in Kalamazoo (Southwest MI). Annual, in or near April.
MAMA's Coffee House Concert Series – Bloomfield Hills, MI – Winter/Spring and Fall series. It's a nonprofit organization and a production of Michigan Acoustic Musicians Alliance (MAMA) and Birmingham Unitarian Church.
Music in the Park Summer Concert Series - Mackinac Island, MI – annual. June to August. Concerts are free, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council.
Find More Music Events in Michigan
Detroit Blues Society Youth Challenge – annual, bands/musicians must be under 21 in age. Winning act moves on to represent Detroit at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) Youth Showcase in Memphis, TN. details
Michigan Festival Schedule – continually updated list with event links, dates.
Metro Times – List of Music Events – in metro Detroit. performers, events at bars and venues. searchable.
Playing Here – Michigan – local music calendar arranged by city & venue on playinghere.com
Flint Area and Genesee County Music Events – list includes dates, descriptions, event links.
Detroit Area Blues Events – throughout the year. one continually updated page of event dates, location, artists, and contact info listed by the Detroit Blues Society (DBS). also see DBS Official Events.
U.P.Bands.com – their list of festivals includes all of the upper peninsula and northern Wisconson.
Fusicology Detroit Events – underground, house, freestyle, soul ...
Frankenmuth Festivals – in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI).
Cranbrook Music Guild – in Bloomfield Hills, MI. classical/chamber music events.
JAM NIGHTS and OPEN MIC
Jazz Events and Jams in Mid Michigan – listed by the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM).
Open Jam Nights Facebook Page – Metro Detroit and Michigan – “Local Places where Musicians and anyone can go to and Listen or Participate in and Show their Talent or just wanna cut loose and meet new friends who love to do the same.”
Open Mic Nights – Michigan – listed on openmikes.org
Acoustic Jam Night at Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center – First and Third Tuesday of every month, year round, for beginner and experienced alike. It has become a community gathering with upwards of 35 Michigan musicians playing at any given time, a mix of old gospel, country, bluegrass, and folk music. Cost is $4 each (kids 12 & under are free).
Submissions for Music Events in Michigan
Except for specific submission pages below, if you want to perform at events listed on this page, visit event websites for application/submission pages or to contact them directly to get details on who books their entertainment.
Music Fest 4 Vets Band Submissions – mainstream variety music. Bands donate a 45 minute showcase performance to support U.S. Veterans in need. No submission fee, annual summer event in Metro Detroit.
Arts, Beats & Eats – submissions start in February. annually has over 200 music performances on ten stages.
Stars & Stripes Festival, Uncle Sam Jam, St. Clair Riverfest, Harley Fest, Rocking on the Riverfront Concert Series, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Opening Act slots at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre. click → Band Submission Page at FunFest Productions Inc. – starting mid-February.
WYCD Detroit Downtown Hoedown Local Band Submission - country music fest, submissions usually accepted starting in February.
Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair – submissions start in February.
Metro Times Blowout Submissions Page – Michigan bands musicians only – submissions usually accepted in February.
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